Our recent trip to Cabo San Lucas, MX was unusual for the hubby and me. Normally, we would stay at an all-inclusive. Wining and dining in all the activities the hotel offers. Drinking endless drinks at the pool. Participating in excursions every other day. This vacation, however, was much different. For starters, we had the little guy with us. We also went with the whole family, which meant more people and more kids. With it being several of us trying to get together every day, we decided it would just be easier to rent a house. I was a little bit nervous about what that entailed in Mexico, but let me tell you it did not disappoint. I decided to write up a review on the place we stayed, and provide some insight into what our stay was like. If you are wondering what the differences between renting a house and staying at an all-inclusive are check out this review, and be sure to read Renting vs. All-inclusive Mexico Style.
We found our rental on the website VRBO. Let me just say this home was ah-mazing. I felt like royalty. The home is located within the gated community, Punta Ballena. When translated it means Whale Point, and for good reason. We would sit out by our pool in the mornings watch the whales breaching in the ocean. Ya, you read that right. We could see whales from the house’s backyard. There was a three-level pool on the property. The top-level had a hot tub that flowed into the pool, which then had an infinity wall down to a shallower pool. Honestly, I was perfectly content just hanging out by the pool all day.
Altogether, while traveling, we were three sets of adults and three kids. So, we needed a house that was going to be spacious, and have enough entertainment for the kiddos. This house had three bedrooms and a casita room. The living room, kitchen, and three of the four rooms had entrances that lead to the outside. There was plenty of areas to be able to relax both in the sun and the shade. Next to the pool was an outdoor gathering area with a grill and table for eating at. The kitchen was well stocked so we were able to get groceries and cook some nights. Having a kitchen is also really great when you have kids because you can easily wash all of their bottles, utensils, etc. One downside we had (and it’s a minor one) is that our little guy is just barely learning to crawl and everything was tile. So if he fell over it was a pretty hard hit for his head.
The walk to the beach from the house was great. It was about a two-minute walk and you arrive at what is called the Punta Ballena Beach Club. I liked to think of the Beach Club as what we would call the community house. There was plenty of lounging areas, a pool, a restaurant, and a wait staff that would bring you drinks. Unlike an all-inclusive, though, you had to pay for food and drinks at the beach club. My one big complaint is we got a round of drinks, and a round of shots, for four people and it was almost 200 U.S. dollars. They didn’t give us a menu so we didn’t even realize until after we got the bill. The prices were outrageous.
The one big fear I had with renting a house vs. doing an all-inclusive was the concierge service. I was extremely thankful to learn that we still had a concierge that would help us out with all of our needs, and let me tell you she was great. If I could give her ten stars I would. She set up our chef to come in and make us breakfast every morning. When we wanted to go out to dinner, she got us a reservation. She booked all of our transportation including airport, excursion, and anytime we just needed a taxi. She even set up all of our excursions, let us know the best things to do and see, and was just genuinely willing to help us with whatever we wanted.
While our preferred means is to stay at an all-inclusive the place we rented was spectacular, and I would definitely book there again. It was convenient for the entire family, and the staff was great. If you visit Cabo in the future definitely be sure to book a place at Punta Ballena. You can visit their site here, and see everything the community has to offer. I would love to know your thoughts. Do you have a preferred stay in Cabo, and what are your favorite things to do? Drop a comment or send me a message and let’s chat.